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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Africa - Senegal - Bandafassi Field School 2016

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2016-05-19
End Date 2016-06-22

Archaeology Field School Location

Kedougou, Senegal

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Institute for Field Research/UCLA

Academic Credit

Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through our academic partner, University California Los Angeles.

Archaeology Field School Tuition


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

All room and Board is included in the tuition cost of this field school. Please see the accommodations section of this field school posting on our website for more information.

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Fee includes registration, accommodations, program activities, meals on workdays, and health insurance. Airfare, weekend meals and optional excursions are additional.

Archaeology Field School Description

In 2012 the rolling hills of the Bandafassi Plateau in southeastern Senegal became part of a UNESCO World Heritage site recognizing both the natural beauty of this landscape and the cultural heritage of Bassari, Bedik, Peul, and Mande people living there today. Although local villages appear to preserve a “traditional” way of life, many historical accounts suggest that this region has long been a crossroads for powerful kingdoms and vast trade networks that shaped political, economic, and cultural life in West Africa over the past 2000 years. The goal of the Bandafassi Historical Landscape Project (BHLP) is to study such processes and identify the temporal and cultural changes the region experienced and that are shaping it today. The BHLP 2016 field school will undertake an archaeological, anthropological, and historical study of this landscape, with particular focus on the village site of Ethiowar Ancien occupied during the 18-19th centuries CE. It is during that crucial period when political conflict, migration, and interactions among numerous ethnic groups contributed to the emergence of the complex cultural mosaic seen today in southeastern Senegal.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Field School Setting/Conditions

Violent crime in Senegal is quite rare, but students should be on guard against pickpocketing or petty
theft from their rooms (these should ALWAYS be kept locked). Valuables and passports can be
collectively stored in hotel safes.
Senegal lies within the tropics so students should consult with a travel clinic to obtain all necessary
inoculations several weeks prior to travel. Although mosquitos (which transmit malaria) are uncommon
in Senegal during the late dry season (May-June), students are strongly encouraged to obtain a
prescription for antimalarial drugs. It is also be a good idea to acquire an antibiotic (i.e., Cipro) as the
adjustment to new environments and foods can sometimes bring about illness. In the event of a serious
illness or injury, students will be taken for treatment at the hospital in Kedougou, Tambacounda
(regional capital of eastern Senegal), or Dakar. In the event of any regional health risks, students will be
evacuated immediately to Dakar and, if necessary, back to the United States.
If you have any medical concerns, please consult with your doctor. For all other concerns, please consult the project director - as appropriate.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

This course has four primary
objectives: (1) to provide students with hands-on training in archaeological survey, mapping, excavation, artifact analysis, field photography, and cataloging methods; (2) to introduce students to the ethnography and history of “peripheral” societies in West Africa; (3) to provide students with a
practical working knowledge of how archaeological research can contribute to understandings of the historical processes in and beyond these societies; and (4) to have students develop their own research projects focused on a specific question about societies in the Bandafassi region. In order to meet these objectives, students will work closely with Project staff trained in field archaeology, as well as several Senegalese scholars and students from the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire (IFAN) in Dakar.

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